Update - March 15, 2017
Can you believe we are only a few weeks away from SPRING BREAK!?! Time sure flies in fourth grade!So much to learn.
Here is what we just completed:
VA Studies: New Nation and Government
Science: Solar System
Language Arts: Compare and Contrast; Cause and Effect
And now we are starting:
VA Studies: Civil War
Language Arts: Drawing Conclusions
Check out my files and documents for new links!
Happy New Year! 2017 is going to be a GREAT year! Check out the new links for our new units...
VA Studies: American Revolution
Science: Force and Motion
Language Arts: Summarizing
Congratulations to all 4th graders for completing the first marking period!
The students worked hard and learned a lot!
I enjoyed meeting with students and parents to discuss accomplishments! We had so many of our class make the Honor Roll. I know that all of our students are capable of doing so if they work hard!
Here's what you can look forward to as we begin the second marking period!
Fiction and non-fiction reading
Spelling, vocabulary, and work work
Multiplication and Division
*Keep practicing those multiplication facts!
The Virginia Colony
IB Unit of Inquiry
Transdisciplinary theme: Who we are
Central idea: Humans utilize the natural world to meet their needs.
Lines of Inquiry
• An inquiry into plant reproduction and photosynthesis.
• An inquiry into the colonial economics.
• An inquiry into why people migrate.
October 5, 2016
I have begun meeting with parents for parent-teacher conferences. If you have not scheduled a conference time yet, please fill out the request form that will come home in the Monday folder on October 11 (a Tuesday, since Monday Oct. 10 is a "holiday" for students.)
I have added a number of files and documents to this webpage in recent days. Feel free to peruse them with your child at your leisure. Enjoy!
September 30, 2016
Here we are at the end of September already. We are completing our first IB Planner, covering Virginia geography, natural resources, and early inhabitants. The students have been doing some great projects, like the salt dough maps and the posters about how the Indians got their food in the different seasons. We even simulated "mining" for coal using chocolate chip cookies. Our culminating activity was doing research on a specific geographic region and designing a poster or a brochure to highlight the facts we learned.
In the coming weeks, we will be working on our second IB Planner, with inquiry into weather and the First Permanent Virginia Settlement of Jamestown.
Below you will see the highlights of what we plan to cover in the next week, October 3 - 7, 2016.
We will begin our guided reading groups this week. Each student will be assigned a group and each group will meet with me a few times in the week. While I am meeting with groups, the other students will be working on grammar, writing, and reading comprehension at their seats. Our reading strategy focus is Main Idea and Details.
Our grammar focus is synonyms, antonyms, and homophones. Our writing focus is narrative writing.
We are continuing our journey back in time with the first European settlers who came to Virginia. We discover why and how they came and how they survived those first difficult years.
The change in our weather is the perfect introduction to our unit on weather. We will explore the way weather is created and the instruments that we use to predict and, maybe someday?, control the weather.
We are starting our unit on Factors, Multiples, and Arrays. To be successful with this, our students need to be able to automatically know all their addition and subtraction facts 0-20 and become proficient with their multiplication facts! Please keep practicing every day!!!